The ninth largest municipality in Massachusetts and the largest city in Essex County is the beautiful coastal City of Lynn. Located just nine miles north of Boston on Massachusetts Bay’s northern shore, this city is a commercial and urban manufacturing center. Lynn is an exceptional place to buy a home and encompasses a culture-rich downtown, spectacular public parks, lush open spaces, historic architecture, and a multitude of attractions. Points of interest include the 2,200-acre Lynn Woods Reservation, the beautiful oceanfront Lynn Shore Reservation, Lynn Heritage State Park, the High Rock Tower Reservation, and the Diamond Historic District, among many others. In addition to its fabulous location and plethora of amenities and attractions, Lynn also provides residents with splendid annual festivals and events, such as the Lynn Christmas Parade.
Started by John’s Oil and Rich Viger in 1986 with the purpose of providing the Christmas Spirit to Lynn residents, the Lynn Christmas Parade should not be missed! This glorious spectacle makes its way across twenty-two miles of Lynn streets every Christmas Eve. The Parade often boasts more than one hundred floats and can provide family-friendly fun for nearly five hours. This exceptional nighttime parade was originally a handmade Santa float and a police cruiser. However, throughout the years the community and Viger have successfully grown the parade into a terrific annual celebration.
The annual Christmas Parade usually begins around 5:00 pm in Austin Square at Summer Street. This free event has brought pure delight to people of all ages for more than thirty years. Because it is such a marvelous spectacle, thousands come out to watch the parade each year. The parade ends with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and all of their reindeer riding an elaborately decorated antique fire truck. The event also includes lots of candy and holiday music. If you would like to learn more about this joyous event, you can visit the Official Lynn MA Christmas Parade page on Facebook.